It is a fact that your brain health tends to deteriorate as you age. There may be things that you did when you were younger that you no longer remember even in your 20s. Once you hit 30 or 40, it may be difficult to recall all your conversations and activities yesterday.
The thing is, although memory loss seems to be a natural part of aging, you can try a few things to slow it down.
I have thought a hundred times first if I should add healthy eating to my list or not. After all, it appears to be on every list of things that you can find in and out of the internet these days. But then again, I have figured out that men and women of this generation are into keeping themselves fit all the time through dieting; that’s why you are reading this now.
I do not have a problem with people who want to reduce their body fats because even I try to stay away from the lusciously sinful chocolates more often than I like. However, there will surely be a problem when you are dieting too much to the point of fainting. You don’t want to feel hungry often because it will never do well for your health and your memory. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. used to say, “A balanced diet that includes lots of fiber helps keep your gut system running efficiently by helping to support a more diverse gut microbiome.”
There is an online letter to a psychologist from a girl who has an eating disorder, and the latter has been experiencing significant memory loss for quite some time already. Although there was no complete diagnosis since they are yet to meet face-to-face, the bottom line is that memory decline is linked to not having the right diet. I do not want to dig into technical terms, but let’s say that having some fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants, every day is more beneficial than nothing at all if you want to improve your memory.
It is not infrequent to see an already stressed person seem more stressed when they the house and car keys inside the already locked car in a hurry to get out of it. It will be tolerable if you can’t remember your chore, yes. If you start being unable to remember to fetch a child from school, pull out all of the plugged-in appliances before heading out or bring your business paraphernalia to work, then that turns into a huge issue. Staci Lee Schnell, MS, CS, LMFT says, “Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Exercise has been shown to improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood. ”
A close friend of mine has once had this problem, and when I asked him how he was able to get through it, he said, “Exercise did it for me.” The man poured all of his frustrations out at the punching bags in the gym every day after working hours. By the time he gets back to work, he said he always feels like a brand-new person. The things that he used to forget easily stay longer in his memory bank than usual; he does not even need to write instructions down anymore.
Although not everyone can do the same thing, especially when you happen to be an employee and a parent, remember that the gym is not the only place where you can exercise. You can walk or jog in the morning for at least 30 minutes, as well as try yoga or Pilates in a quiet room at home. You will see a nice change in your memory soon enough.
Do Not Insist On Multitasking
Like being a gym rat, multitasking is not for everybody. I have seen a lot of people try to do it. A few have succeeded, but many have lost their mind because of it. Although you are free to “try and try until you die,” you should stop trying hard if you tend to lose your focus and forget the more important aspects of your life.
It is thrilling to be labeled as the person who can do it all because that constitutes the fact that you can extraordinarily do two or three or four things at once. However, keep in mind as well that your brain will have work extra hard for it to be able to keep up with you and your activities. When the brain “overheats,” stress will take over, and your memory will soon take cover. Hence, do not insist on multitasking if you know within yourself that you are not capable of doing it. Gretchen Flores, MA LPC LCPC reminds that “A limit is an invisible line that exists between emotional, physical, and psychological well being and becoming anxious, irritable and stressed.”
Try the tips mentioned above to improve your brain health and prevent memory loss from affecting your life significantly. This way, you will be able to look back in the olden days by yourself instead of needing someone else to narrate the past to you.